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Rat-Sized Snails Invade Northern Florida
2013-04-15 15:09:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials in Florida are warning the public about a potential infestation of a massive African snail that can grow to the size of a rat and ravage both plant-life and housing materials such as stucco and plaster. The snails have also been known to carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. “They're a trifecta,” said Denise Feiber, the public information director of the Division of Plant Industry in...

Image 1 - Hitchhiking Snails Fly From Ocean To Ocean
2011-09-15 08:52:04

  Smithsonian scientists and colleagues report that snails successfully crossed Central America, long considered an impenetrable barrier to marine organisms, twice in the past million years–both times probably by flying across Mexico, stuck to the legs or riding on the bellies of shorebirds and introducing new genes that contribute to the marine biodiversity on each coast. "Just as people use airplanes to fly overseas, marine snails may use birds to fly over land," said Mark...

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2011-07-11 13:15:00

According to scientists, snails are able to survive intact after being eaten by birds. Researchers found that 15 percent of the snails eaten survived digestion and were found alive in the birds' droppings. The evidence suggests that bird predation could be a key factor into how snail populations spread. Japanese researchers from Tohoku University investigated whether invertebrates could also spread in this way. Previous research has shown that pond snails can survive being eaten by fish but...

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2010-08-04 07:50:00

Public invited to take part in additional experiments A sixty-nine-year-old amateur scientist has discovered that her garden snails have a homing instinct. According to BBC News, the results of her experiment have wowed some professionals who previously believed that snails are far too simple creatures to find their way home. With the help of BBC Radio 4's Material World Program, experts launched a national experiment to settle the debate over whether snails do in fact have the homing...